Wednesday, June 2, 2010

Waiting On Wednesday:The Hollow Tree By Jacob G. Rosenberg

"Waiting On" Wednesday is a weekly event, hosted by Jill @ Breaking the Spine, that spotlights upcoming releases that we're eagerly anticipating.

While attending BEA this year I picked up catalogues from several publishers and there is an abundance of great-sounding upcoming titles that I will be spotlighting for what seems like the rest of the summer and fall.

The Hollow TreeThe first on the list is The Hollow Tree by Jacob G. Rosenberg that's coming out in October 2010 from Independent Publishers Group.

Publisher's summary:

A parable of war and the unthinkable atrocities that humanity perpetrates in a time of cataclysmic social change, this novel by a master storyteller is also a poignant story of love, war, and human resilience

"To be an unbending adherent in a world of stony realities,' Herbert had remarked, 'is to ask for trouble. Not because of one's allegiance, but because such an ally will be forced to conform or be squashed, trampled on or in the end annihilated by the crude laughter of fate."

The Hollow Tree is a story of love and loyalty in a time of war. Sometimes love isn't convenient, and loyalty doesn't always serve justice when the brutality of war sweeps away all before it. Yet somewhere in this darkly disturbing fable a tiny spark of hope beckons life anew as Jan Milder, its young protagonist, travels the roads of his mysterious destiny. Although it is written as a novel, this story recalls Jacob Rosenberg's prize-winning autobiographical memoirs, East of Time and Sunrise West. This deeply moving book is the final legacy of a master storyteller.

Jacob G. Rosenberg (1922–2008) was born in Lodz, Poland. After the Germans occupied Poland he was sent with his family to the Lodz Ghetto, and eventually transported to Auschwitz. Except for one sister (who committed suicide a few days later) all the members of his family were gassed on the day of their arrival. In 1948 he emigrated to Australia. He has published three books of poetry in English, a collection of stories, and the award-winning autobiographical memoirs East of Time and Sunrise West.